Andrew Lawrence (comedian)

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Andrew Lawrence
Born (1979-12-17) December 17, 1979 (age 35)
Kingston, UK
Education Tiffin School
Alma mater University of St Andrews
Occupation Stand-up comedian
Agent Richard Bucknall Management[1]
  • BBC New Comedy Award 2005
  • BBC New Act of the Year Competition 2004
  • York Comedy Festival New Act of the Year Competition 2004
  • Amused Moose Starsearch 2004

Andrew Lawrence is a British stand-up comedian.

Early life and education[edit]

Born in Kingston,[2] Lawrence attended Tiffin School, Kingston[3] and the University of St Andrews where he started his stand-up career at a regular comedy night.[4]

Stage career[edit]

The Pleasance Courtyard during the 2006 Edinburgh Festival Fringe, location of Lawrence's Fringe performances.

Lawrence's act exploits his range of voices, includes references to his ginger hair and songs performed on an acoustic guitar. His university debut led on to the Edinburgh fringe, where he was runner up in the 2003 So You Think You're Funny competition.[5] Subsequent wins of the Amused Moose Starsearch, York Comedy Festival New Act of the Year Competition and the BBC's New Act of the Year Competition in 2004 confirmed him as an emerging talent on the UK comedy scene.

He presented his first hour-long comedy show at the 2006 Edinburgh Festival Fringe entitled How to Butcher your Loved Ones. It was nominated for the if.comeddie award (as it was known for that year only) for Best Newcomer. He has returned to the Fringe every year since then. His 2007 Fringe show, Social Leprosy For Beginners & Improvers, was nominated for the main if.comedy award.[6] He returned to the Fringe in 2008 with a new show, Don't Just Do Something, Sit There.[7] This was followed by Soul-Crushing Vicissitudes Of Fortune! in 2009, The Too Ugly For Television Tour and Non-Conformists' Guide To Civic Responsibility in 2010, the Best Kept Secret In Comedy Tour in 2011,[8] Is Coming To Get You in 2012 and There Is No Escape in 2013.

Lawrence also tours widely in the UK, including the West End and occasionally outside the UK, such as the Montreal Festival Showcase.[8]

TV and radio career[edit]

Since the BBC New Act of the Year Competition win in 2004, Lawrence has performed in numerous radio and TV shows, not only as a stand-up but also branching out as a presenter and comic actor.

He had a role as a Christian builder (Marco) in the 2009 BBC TV sitcom Ideal.[9]

Defence of UKIP[edit]

On October 25 2014, Lawrence wrote a blog post on Facebook attacking fellow comedians for making 'cheap and easy gags about UKIP'. Despite appearing on many of its comedy programmes in the past, the post singled out the BBC and the panel show Mock the Week where "aging, balding, fat men, ethnic comedians and women-posing-as-comedians, sit congratulating themselves on how enlightened they are about the fact that UKIP are ridiculous and pathetic". Show host Dara Ó Briain responded to Lawrence on Twitter saying "Hey Andrew, sorry I’m so aging, bald and fat, but as an immigrant I’ll retain my disdain for anti-immigrant politics."[10]

TV and radio credits[edit]


  • 'Stand Up For The Week' Channel 4 (2012)
  • 'Live at the Apollo' (Series 7, Episode 4) (2011)
  • 'Ask Rhod Gilbert' BBC One (2011)
  • ’Stand Up For The Week’ Channel 4 (2011)
  • Michael MacIntyre's Comedy Roadshow BBC One (2010)
  • Dave's One Night StandDave (2010)
  • ’Splitting Cells’ BBC Three (2007)
  • ’Swizzcall’ Channel 4 (comedy lab) (2007)
  • 'Ideal’ Marco (Christian builder) BBC Three (2007-Present)[9]
  • ’Comedy Shuffle’ BBC Three (2007)
  • ’Comedy Cuts’ ITV2 (2007)
  • ’Comedy Store’ Paramount (2007)
  • ’Edinburgh and Beyond’ Paramount (2007)
  • ’World Stands Up’ Paramount (Series II and III) (2006/7)
  • ’28 Acts in 28 Minutes’ BBC Three (2006)


  • 'How did we end up like this?' Radio 4 (2012)
  • 'What To Do If You're Not Like Everybody Else' (Series 2) Radio 4 (2011)[11]
  • 'Act Your Age' (Series 3) Radio 4 (2011)[12]
  • 'The News Quiz' Radio 4 (2011)
  • 'What To Do If You're Not Like Everybody Else' (Series 1) Radio 4 (2010)[13]
  • ’Shipwrecked’ presenter of a 20 week podcast for Channel 4 radio (2006/7)
  • 'Oneclick comedy: Andrew Lawrence special' Radio 1 (2005)
  • BBC New Act of the Year Competition 2004


  • Nominee: if.comedy award 2007[6]
  • Nominee: if.comedy award (Best Newcomer) 2006[6]
  • Nominee: Sony Radio Awards 2006
  • Winner: BBC New Act of the Year Competition 2004[4][14]
  • Winner: York Comedy Festival New Act of the Year Competition 2004
  • Winner: Amused Moose Starsearch 2004
  • Runner-up: So You Think You’re Funny? 2003[5]


  1. ^ "Andrew Lawrence". Retrieved 16 Mar 2012. 
  2. ^ Malcolm Hay (24 Nov 2006). "Andrew Lawrence: Interview". Time Out. Retrieved 18 Dec 2011. 
  3. ^ Brian Holden, ed. (September 2007). "People" (pdf). Tiffnews: The Newsletter of the Old Tiffinians Association (233): 6. Retrieved 18 Dec 2011. 
  4. ^ a b "BBC New Talent - Success - Andrew Lawrence". BBC. April 2007. Retrieved 14 Mar 2012. 
  5. ^ a b "Finalists & Runners up". So You Think You're Funny. Retrieved 18 Mar 2012. 
  6. ^ a b c Benedictus, Leo (23 August 2007). "Edinburgh comedy review: Andrew Lawrence / Pleasance Courtyard". The Guardian. Retrieved 14 Mar 2012. 
  7. ^ "Comedy Review: Andrew Lawrence's Don't Just Do Something, Sit There!". The Scotsman. 19 Aug 2008. Retrieved 16 Mar 2012. 
  8. ^ a b "Andrew Lawrence". Chortle. Retrieved 17 Mar 2012. 
  9. ^ a b "The Healer". Ideal. Series 5. Episode 1. 11 May 2009. BBC. BBC Three. Retrieved 15 March 2012.
  10. ^ Boult, Adam. "Andrew Lawrence slams anti-UKIP comedians in online rant". Metro (British newspaper). Metro. Retrieved 28 October 2014. 
  11. ^ "What To Do If You're Not Like Everybody Else". 2. BBC. Retrieved 19 Mar 2012. 
  12. ^ "Act Your Age, Series 3, Episode 6". BBC. Retrieved 16 Mar 2012. 
  13. ^ "What To Do If You're Not Like Everybody Else". 1. BBC. Retrieved 19 Mar 2012. 
  14. ^ "BBC Talent Stand Up Comedian 2004". BBC. 14 Dec 2004. Retrieved 16 Mar 2012. 

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